Lufthansa to offer broadband on short flights - will everyone else follow suit?
German airline Lufthansa is planning to offer broadband access on their short and medium-haul flights from next year. They say that a deal with Deutsche Telekom and satellite crew Inmarsat will let passengers enjoy "the same speed and quality" of internet access they get at home.
Naturally, this being an airline, they're going to charge for it, and as yet, they haven't decided how much.
Internet access is still relatively rare on flights, and other forms of public transport, which is daft. You'd think, in 2015, everyone would be on it, but alas not. Will this move from Lufthansa get everyone else's arses in gear? We hope so.
Norwegian airlines have it right, offering broadband to travellers for free.
Lufthansa reckon that their broadband will allow you to stream videos, which is pretty great. As we all know, public WiFi can be a bit on the delicate side. When you add delays in pages loading, and high costs to low speeds, Lufthansa won't need to do much if they want to wow passengers.
Anyway, if everyone else could get a move on - it'd be a really good way of making sure your customers don't spend their flights moaning and will be able to ignore that child that wants to scream its way through the sky.